Report of the Third Review of the National Environment Protection Council Acts (Commonwealth State and Territory) December 2012 National Environment Protection Council Response to the Report of the Third Review of the National Protection Council Acts
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64 National Environment Protection Council NEPC Acts Third Review 2012 COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENTS REFORMS (3.7) Consider amendments that give effect to adopting the Council of Australian Governments decision to remove any reference to the National Environment Protection Council in the Act and replace it with references to Ministers with responsibility for environment protection. The Acts should retain a process for developing National Environment Protection Measures and potentially other future national decisions. EFFICIENCY OF NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION MEASURE PROCESSES AND STREAMLINING CONSULTATION PROCESSES (5.2) The National Environment Protection Council Act should be amended to remove prescriptions around public consultation and development of impact statements, while retaining the requirement for consultation. Further: the nature and extent of consultation should be determined by the National Environment Protection Council and Council of Australian Governments specified consultation processes, relevant legislation such as the Commonwealth Legislative Instruments Act 2003 and any other requirements for consultation as may be in effect from time to time the National Environment Protection Council should retain the ability to introduce any additional consultation mechanisms and impact statements as it sees fit consideration should be given to a streamlined National Environment Protection Measure revocation process or a specific sunset period. MAKING, AMENDING AND REVOKING NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION MEASURES (5.4) When making or reviewing a National Environment Protection Measure, the National Environment Protection Council should consider including the following: a sunset clause for National Environment Protection Measures that by their nature have a limited operational life a requirement for review within a specified period where the nature of the National Environment Protection Measure is such that, subject to assessment of its effectiveness and efficiency, the National Environment Protection Measure should be ongoing. In this case the National Environment Protection Measure should specify that it will be reviewed within 10 years review of National Environment Protection Measures should focus on policy and implementation as well as the detailed scientific methodologywith the aim of determining the ongoing need for each National Environment Protection Measure and moving towards a better and more responsive framework